Golf ball drop kicks off Seals tourney

NAWILWILI — Char Moriarity, president of HIG Ventures is already talking about the Easter Seals Golf Tournament for 2015.

“She’s very excited,” said Brad Nagano, vice president and co-owner of Mokihana Insurance, Sunday morning. “Char is from Idaho and flew in especially for the golf tournament. Next year is HIG’s 100th anniversary and she’s already talking about sponsoring the tournament again.”

HIG was the sponsor for the Easter Seals golf tournament which celebrated its 30th anniversary with 138 golfers registered at the Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.

“This is for a good cause,” said Alan Smith who partnered with his wife Linda, who recently retired as principal of Kauai High School. “It’s also good to be part of a tradition.”

The Easter Seals golf tournament also featured a golf ball drop where 2,000 golf balls rained down on a designated hole at the Kauai Lagoons from a Jack Harter Helicopter.

Top prize for the golf ball drop is a trip to Las Vegas provided by Mokihana Travel, with Kukui Grove Center offering a $500 shopping spree for second place, and A&B Jewelry throwing in a $300 spree for third place honors.

But what happens when no golf ball goes in the hole, which is what happened Sunday?

Reimer offered his slipper to measure for closest-to-the hole to determine the final prize distributions. Ellen Ching, director of Kauai Development and Program Growth for the Easter Seals of Hawaii, said she will release a complete list of winners once everything is verified.

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